Whittlebury Park Members Golf Club

Handicap Committee 2019-2020-2021

Paul Wikeley - Handicap Secretary / Competition Secretary (/ NGL - County Handicap Advisor)

Peter Coles - President / Past Captain 2004-05

Rob Watson - Past Captain 2012-13

Ken Hignett - Past Captain 1998-99

TRACEY HEAVEY - Lady Past Captain 2013-14

CONGU® Unified Handicapping System 2016 - 2019 including Rules of Golf 2019


7.7 When the club is a player’s Home Club the Handicap Committee must

(i) prior to 1st March each year, or such earlier date as directed from time to time by the Home Club’s Union, the Handicap Committee must undertake a review of the handicaps of all Members for whom the club is the Home Club and make such handicap adjustment as may be appropriate under the provisions of Clause 23 [REVIEW OF HANDICAPS] and Appendix M [GUIDELINES FOR ANNUAL REVIEW / GENERAL PLAY ADJUSTMENT].


The UHS is based on the premise that a player will endeavour to make the best score he can at each hole in every qualifying round he plays and will report all such rounds for handicap purposes.

Any player who fails to carry out any of the responsibilities imposed by the UHS is not entitled to a CONGU® Handicap.

The player must:

8.1 Have one Exact Handicap only which must be allotted and adjusted by his Home Club and produce, if so required, a current, validated CONGU® Handicap Certificate and/or valid CDH ID Number. The Playing Handicap calculated from this Exact Handicap shall apply elsewhere including other clubs of which the player is a Member.

8.2 If he is a Member of more than one Affiliated Club, select one as his Home Club for handicapping purposes and notify that club and the others of his choice and supply each away club his Home Club CDH ID Number.

For ease of handicap administration, it is recommended that in circumstances where a player is a Member of more than one Affiliated Club, he should select as his Home Club, the club at which he competes most frequently in Qualifying Competitions.

8.3 Not change his Home Club except by giving advance notice of the change which can take effect only at the end of a calendar year unless he has ceased to be a Member of his Home Club or both clubs agree to the change taking place at an earlier date.

8.4 Report to his Home Club the names of all other Affiliated Clubs of which he is, becomes, or ceases to be, a Member and report to all other Affiliated Clubs of which he is a Member:
(a) the name of his
Home Club and any changes of Home Club; and
(b) his
Home Club CDH ID Number, and
(c) alterations to his
Playing Handicap made by his Home Club.

8.5 Prior to playing in any competition ascertain whether all appropriate reductions to Playing Handicap have been made or alternatively comply with the responsibilities set out in Clause 20.11 [ALTERATION OF HANDICAPS].

8.6 Before commencing play on the day of a Qualifying Competition ensure that his entry has been registered in the competition record, manually or by computer in the manner required by the club or committee in charge of the competition.

A player who fails to enter a Qualifying Competition in the required manner is deemed to have neither a score for the competition nor a score for handicap purposes.

8.8 Ensure that all competition cards in Qualifying Competitions, whether or not complete, are returned to the organising committee, and make such computer entries as may be required – see Decisions, Dec.1(m) [Competition conditions that apply solely to the UHS] and Dec.1(n) [Failure to comply with a competition condition requiring entry by applying a swipe card to a computer terminal (revised)].

Note: It is expected that every player who enters a Qualifying Competition intends to complete the round.

8.10 Report to his Home Club as soon as practicable all Qualifying Scores (including ‘No Returns’ and Disqualified Scores – see Appendix P [DISQUALIFIED SCORES IN QUALIFYING COMPETITIONS]) returned away from his Home Club advising the Home Club of the date of the Qualifying Competition, the venue, Standard Scratch Score and the Competition Scratch Score together with details specific to the competition format.

(a) After a Stroke Play Qualifying Competition, the gross score returned and any Stableford / Nett Double Bogey Adjustment applicable. See Clause 19.1 [STABLEFORD/NETT DOUBLE BOGEY ADJUSTMENT] and the example referenced 19.1/1. The Home Club may require a copy of the scorecard to be returned to support the adjustment.

(b) After a Par/Bogey Qualifying Competition, the par of the course and the score versus par.

(c) After a Stableford Qualifying Competition, the par of the course and the number of points scored.

Note 1: Players are reminded that failure to report all Qualifying Scores returned away from their Home Clubs (including ‘No Returns’ and Disqualified Scores – see Appendix P [DISQUALIFIED SCORES IN QUALIFYING COMPETITIONS]) as required by the UHS could lead to the suspension of offending players’ handicaps under the provisions of Clause 24 [SUSPENSION AND LOSS OF HANDICAP].

Note 3: The fact that scores recorded by players competing in competitions away from their Home Club may be reported to their Home Club by the competition organisers, or through a Centralised Database of Handicaps (CDH), does not remove the responsibility of individual players to ensure that all relevant scores are recorded in their Player Handicap Record.

8.12 Provide to his Home Club information regarding scores in Non-Qualifying Competitions if so directed by a Union – see Clause 4.5(b). England and Wales direct players to return Non Qualifying Scores for the purposes of the Annual Review and other reviews.

Players should be aware of the significance of the Stableford / Nett Double Bogey Adjustment. This adjustment allows a player who has a ‘bad’ score on a hole(s) or does not complete a hole(s), for any reason, to continue to record a score on subsequent holes for handicap purposes. This sustains the golfing interest and at the same time provides valuable handicap information. See Clause 19 [STABLEFORD/NETT DOUBLE BOGEY ADJUSTMENT].


16.2 To obtain a handicap a player must submit a required number of nine and/or 18-hole cards played over a Measured Course (rated course) at his Home Club [Committee note - 1905 Yellow to Royal Whittlewood Red, Royal Whittlewood Red to Grand Prix Blue or Grand Prix Blue to 1905 Yellow]. Any permutation of nine and 18-hole cards may be submitted but must total a minimum of 54 holes. Cards submitted over nine holes must be returned from a Designated Nine-Hole Course. Each card must be marked and signed by a responsible person acceptable to the Handicap Committee. The requisite cards should normally be submitted within a period of six months.

16.3 (d) The Handicap Committee should review the initial Qualifying Scores returned by all Member’s to whom a handicap has recently been allotted. If the Handicap Committee determines that an adjustment is required to a Member’s recently allotted handicap, this must be administered in accordance with the provisions of Clause 23 B [GENERAL PLAY ADJUSTMENT].

16.4 The maximum CONGU® Handicap eligible for Competition status (Clause 25 [STATUS OF HANDICAP]) that can be allotted is 54 for both men and women. (Maximum Exact Handicap 54.0).

[Committee note - score cards must be marked by another member of the club who DOES hold a handicap - those members must be identifiable]


21.4 A Member is limited to a number of Supplementary Scores in each year as detailed in below:
(a) subject to (c) below, Category 1 players may only return Supplementary Scores during the period 1 September to 31 December and only to the extent necessary to ensure that the minimum requirement for Qualifying Scores under Clause 25 is met. Category 1 players may only return Supplementary Scores over 18 holes;
(b) any number of Supplementary Scores may be returned annually by players in Categories 2 to 6;

21.5 There is no limit to the number of Supplementary Scores returned in a week.

21.6 A player intending to return a Supplementary Score is required to signify his intention prior to commencement of play in the manner determined by the Affiliated Club.

[Committee note - score cards must be marked by another member of the club who DOES hold a handicap - those members must be identifiable]


23.5 The Handicap Committee must advise a player of any change of handicap under this clause and the change will become effective when the player becomes aware of the adjustment.

23.6 The Union, Area Authority or Home Club shall direct the appeal procedure to be made available to a player should he be dissatisfied with a determination under the foregoing sub-clauses.

Note: A computer generated report has been designed to assist the Handicap Committee in the Annual Review – see Appendix M [GUIDELINES FOR ANNUAL REVIEW / GENERAL PLAY ADJUSTMENT]


23.7 In exceptional circumstances the Handicap Committee may adjust the handicap of a player in the period between Annual Reviews if there is compelling evidence that his Exact Handicap does not reflect his current playing ability. Appendix M [GUIDELINES FOR ANNUAL REVIEW / GENERAL PLAY ADJUSTMENT] must be consulted for guidance.


24.7 A player’s handicap is lost immediately he ceases to be a Member of an Affiliated Club or loses his amateur status.



26.1 A CONGU® Handicap is lost when a player ceases to be a Member of an Affiliated Club. When a player resigns from a club and joins another there is often a time interval between the two memberships. If the handicap of a player is to be restored within twelve months of the date on which his handicap was lost, or suspended, it must be reinstated at the same handicap the player last held. In restoring the handicap of a player whose ‘c’ status handicap has been lost in such circumstances that ‘c’ status shall remain valid for the remainder of the calendar year of resignation and for the full following calendar year. In all other cases the player shall be allotted a new handicap after he has complied with the requirements of Clause 16 [ALLOTMENT OF HANDICAPS].

Paul Wikeley - Handicap Secretary